Escalating Consumption and Spatial Planning: Notes on the Evolution of Swedish Retail Spaces

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Escalating Consumption and Spatial Planning: Notes on the Evolution of Swedish Retail Spaces
Author(s) Kärrholm, Mattias ; Nylund, Katarina
Date 2011
English abstract
The aim of this article is to describe and investigate how the Swedish escalation in consumption and restructuring of retail spaces are dealt with in Swedish spatial planning. In the first part of this article, we present a history and an overview of the Swedish retail evolution. The major changes are presented, followed by a short discussion of some main actors in this evolution. In the second part of this article, we focus on policies and the planning process, discussing how the municipalities are expected to fulfil their tasks as the agents responsible for physical planning of commercial centres in the light of the ongoing rapid escalation of retail planning projects. Recent guidelines from the national and regional authorities for improvement of the current situation are analysed. Finally, we discuss recent research maintaining that a new form for project planning is emerging within commercial planning. This new form sometimes bypasses traditional planning practices and thus requires new instruments and organizations for a more effective planning of urban retail.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2011.568819 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Routledge
Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue European Planning Studies;6
Volume 19
ISSN 0965-4313
Pages 1043-1059
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) retail
spatial planning
consumption
urban planning
retail spaces
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/12275 (link to this page)

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